The First Recipient of the Kenny Donnelly Jr. Scholarship Award


Isaac Eilts from Holy Savior Menard High School will receive the first Kenny Donnelly Jr. Scholarship award. The recipient will be awarded at his Senior Awards Ceremony on May 11, 2012 at the Holy Savior Menard School. The scholarship will be presented to Isaac Eilts by Stacey Besselman (Kenny’s mother) and Catarina Donnelly ( Kenny’s step-mother).


Isaac is a Senior at HSM and serves as the Vice President of his senior class. He has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. He will be awarded a one-time $1,000.00 scholarship. Isaac exemplifies strong character qualities that are necessary for leaders of today. He has lettered all four years at the Varsity level in cross country, track, and soccer. Isaac serves as a role model for the student body as a Menard Apostle for Christ ( MAC Team). He has been recognized for his outstanding service with several citizenship awards, thus demonstrating his loyalty and devotion to serving others. Isaac’s educational goals are to continue his education at Louisiana Tech University, maintaining a high GPA, and pursuing an aviation career with the Air Force following his college education.


The Kenny Donnelly Jr. Scholarship Program was created a year ago to promote postsecondary education to Louisiana students as well as provide some financial assistance to deserving high school seniors to utilize towards college expenses.  One of our goals is to encourage and support graduating high school students who through scholastic, artistic, and athletic achievement have earned the opportunity to obtain a college education.


Kenny Donnelly Jr., was only 20 years old when he passed away. He graduated in 2008 from Holy Savior Menard High School in Alexandria, Louisiana. He was a full- time student at the University Of Louisiana Lafayette (ULL), a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, and a member of the Louisiana National Guard.  He was a very kind, spirited person who always took the time to help others in need and could light up a room with his charming smile.  He was self-motivated, focused, and believed in achieving the highest standards in his life.  Higher education was very important to him and that’s why this scholarship was established.